Labor Day Fun

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We had a wonderful Labor Day. Brian usually has to work, so we usually just go ahead and do school. This year, however, he was off, so we spent the day together, as a family. We started by getting some lunch out, then, we headed to the zoo. Our local zoo has recently remodeled and today was our first trip there since the remodel. It was really nice, if a bit hot.

The funniest thing was watching one of the zoo employees try to weigh the two coatis. While he was weighing one, the other was was nosing around his cargo shorts, trying to find the grapes that the employee was using to entice them onto the scale. The coati that wasn’t currently being weighed actually climbed the guy’s leg and stuck his nose down into the pocket with the grapes and was having himself a little feast. I wish I’d had my camera ready!

I did have my camera ready for this little guy, though:

He looks like the rest of us felt…hot and tired!

It was also cool to see all the snakes and reptiles, turtles and tortoises since that’s what we’ve been studying. This was one of those days that I feel totally comfortable counting as a school day.

From the zoo, we headed to the local children’s museum. Because their was a minor league baseball game downtown that we didn’t know about, there was no parking available. We wound up driving down to a historic train station and looking around a bit. Then, we took the shuttle down to the museum. The kids had just as much fun riding the shuttle as anything else we did today. Sometimes, they’re very easily amused.

At the museum, Brianna was making clay figures, something she’s been really into lately. It was so cool to watch her because everyone around her was impressed. A lady who works at the museum came over to talk to Brian and I about encouraging Brianna to volunteer at the museum based on her talent with the clay and the way she was interacting with the kids around her. It was a great mommy-moment. It really made Brianna’s day, too. She was flattered that someone from the art area of the museum was impressed with her work. Um, yeah, I think it’s time to get the girl some clay. You know, instead of the Silly Putty she’s been using.

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I tried to discreetly snap this picture of this little boy trying to make a cat like Brianna’s:

As we were walking back up the ramp to the parking garage, preparing to come home, Brian noticed that there was no attendant. You were supposed to feed the little money machine and all Brian had was a $20, which he was reluctant to entrust to the parking machine. I laughed at him and told him that he should have bought me the souvenir that I’d noticed earlier. After trying to get change at a couple of shops that turned out to be closed, he gave in. I know this is useless, but we had played with it and some other games outside a gift shop earlier in the day:

It’s it cute? In case you can’t tell, it’s a tic-tac-toe board. Yeah, I know that’s supposed to be a pen-and-paper game, but my kids love tic-tac-toe and we all thought this board version was so cute. It’ll be fun to take to restaurants for the kids to play while they’re waiting.

Did you do anything special for Labor Day?

Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Great family day. Visited with my parents, saw my sister (she lives far away). Helped my mom clean out the shed; teased my grandmother about her hearing aid that she keeps in the box. Husband and children played with the dogs and rode the 4-wheeler. Excellent day.

  2. Those are good clay figures! We went to the zoo yesterday too! That raccoon was still in the same position! Did you see the really fat raccoon? I’ve never seen an obese raccoon!! lol!

  3. Sounds like you guys had a fun day! Brianna is so talented. We are going to be getting her art stuff for Christmas, so keep a list of things she really likes or wants and we will stock her up!

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